In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a torious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What one kws is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving ermous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system. Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military cargo plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy. Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Saudis. Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back and watch. The question is t whether Backman will survive--there is chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is, who will kill him? From the Hardcover edition.
JOHN GRISHAM is the author of The Last Juror, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Summons, Skipping Christmas, The Brethren, The Testament, The Street Lawyer, The Partner, The Runaway Jury, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Firm, and A Time to Kill. From the Hardcover edition.